Journée en Provence, champs de Lavandes et Sainte Victoire

Marseille's surroundings

La Provence

 A journey in Provence through emblematic and inspiring cities

The area around Marseille offers some great escape routes in Provence… A proximity which does not exclude diversity: between sea, land and mountains, the different landscapes come together without looking alike.

You can combine 3 stays in one!

Excursions in Provence

Discover in video the many excursions that can be done in Provence!

From Marseille, go to the Luberon to discover magnificent Provençal stone villages and lavender fields, taste wine around Aix-en-Provence or Cassis, stroll through the streets of Saint-Tropez, explore the Camargue to enjoy the wilderness or visit Arles, a city classified by UNESCO!

At the end of the Calanques National Park and at the foot of Cap Canaille, the small port of Cassis charms by its authenticity, its colours and the exceptional setting it offers. A small colourful fishing port where it is pleasant to sit down and taste the local white wine (vineyards can also be discovered).

Before returning to Marseille, inland, a stopover in Aubagne, birthplace of Marcel Pagnol and a Mecca for the creation of pottery is also recommended.

To the north-west of the Phocaean city, on the banks of the Etang de Berre and the Caronte canal, discover Martigues, nicknamed “The Venice of Provence”…

To the east, the elegant and well-groomed city of Aix-en-Provence is just 30 minutes from Marseille. Choose to tread the cobblestones for cultural visits – there are many museums – light strolls in its open-air market or window-shopping in its small village-like streets. A stopover which also allows you to pass by the fragrant garrigue of the Sainte-Victoire mountain, muse of the Pays d’Aix and painter Cézanne, to be contemplated without moderation. Around Aix-en-Provence, there are many vineyards for wine tasting that will delight your taste buds…

Following the Côte Bleue, and after a few kilometres, you will reach the Camargue Regional Natural Park with its pink flamingos and bulls. Wild and deserted lands, between salt flats and sand dunes as far as the eye can see, which can be explored at a walk, a trot or a gallop, exclusively on horseback!

Continue your journey to the ancient theatre, the arena or the Roman circus of Arles. Classified as a city of art and history and a UNESCO site, Arles has Roman and Romanesque monuments on the World Heritage List. You can also visit the Van Gogh Foundation, which stayed in Arles for many years and was inspired by it. The city is also looking to the future with the new Luma foundation designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry.

Avignon is only 1 hour 15 minutes from Marseille and is famous for its papal palace and ramparts, which you can admire on a day trip.

The Pont du Gard, a UNESCO site, is an exceptional site for the preservation of this Roman aqueduct dating from the 1st century. A masterpiece of engineering on 3 levels that spans the Gardon river.

The Luberon offers you the charm of its stone villages, its open-air markets, its lavender fields and its good restaurants where time disappears.

The lavender fields of Valensole are world-famous and welcome international tourists every year between mid-June and mid-July during the lavender flowering season.

Les Baux de Provence takes you back to medieval times from the top of the Château des Baux de Provence, which overlooks a breathtaking landscape: the Alpilles and its fields of olive trees. A few steps away, the “Carrières de Lumières”, an underground world dug into the rock which will enchant you with its poetry and imagination. Each year new creations are projected in these quarries for the greatest pleasure of the public.

Saint-Tropez between Provence and the French Riviera, a mythical city where the Jet Set meets in the summer, its small port with large yachts moored, luxury shops in this small village in the south of France, and sandy beaches or private straw huts where you can enjoy the day before the festivities at night.

Nice and the Côte d’Azur are only a 2 hour drive from Marseille, making it easy to combine the two cities by train.

Fly Provence

The Fly Provence association brings together the towns of Arles, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille with Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) to promote and support direct air routes to Marseille. By pooling our promotional efforts, we can increase our visibility tenfold on these routes, which bring new visitors to Marseille.

Logo Fly Provence

Destination Contract Provence

Provence enjoy the unexpected

Logo Provence Tourisme